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John horreiarios of Panarmos (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2266

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 62.2.

Details

Diameter:
21 mm
Condition:
Corroded (obv.)

Obverse

John horreiarios of Panarmos (eleventh century)

Faint bust of the Virgin holding Christ. No sigla, inscription, or border visible.

Reverse

John horreiarios of Panarmos (eleventh century)

Inscription of four lines, the final two letters between horizontal bars. Indeterminate border.

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Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Ἰω(άννῃ) ὁρ(ι)αρί(ῳ) Πανάρμου

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ ὁριαρίῳ Πανάρμου.

Lord, help John, horreiarios of Panarmos.

Audio

Commentary

Today Panormos is Bandirma, east of Kyzikos (the dates of our seals rule out the Sicilian Panormos = Palermo). The city has been famous down to the present day as a center of exports of agricultural produce, and this shows in the numerous seals of horrearioi that are preserved. It seems that the original name was Panarmos (this seal, BZS.1955.1.2409) and was transformed in Greek as Panormos because of a false etymology.

 

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